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Associated Press, Published January 22 2009

Man arrested outside Minn.'s only abortion clinic

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A 32-year-old man was arrested Thursday after ramming his SUV into the front door of Minnesota's only abortion clinic on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, police said.

The man was taken to the Ramsey County jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, said police spokesman Peter Panos.

The incident happened at 7:30 a.m. and the only person in the clinic at the time was not injured. The clinic's front door was damaged, Panos said.

Investigators believe the incident at the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul was intentional because of where and when it happened, Panos said.

"That's our belief — that it was an intentional act," he said. "Usually we have some demonstrations there on this day, but someone doing actual damage is very, very rare."

Tim Stanley, executive director of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, said patients were still being seen at the clinic on Thursday.

Panos said police were trying to confirm the man's name before forwarding felony charges to the Ramsey County attorney's office.


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.